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73-year-old grandmother undergone an amazing makeover, gaining hundreds of thousands of followers from over the world





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At the age of 73, Joan MacDonald proves that there are no excuses, no matter how old you are, and that you can always be healthy and look the best you can.

Two years ago, she had a difficult time in her marriage and turned to food as a consolation. As a result, her weight went over 90kg and she had to take various high blood pressure and high cholesterol drugs.

Loved the attention

As her arthritis worsened, her daughter, Michelle, decided to move in and offered her a plan to help her get a makeover.

Her journey and change in appearance has gained her hundreds of thousands of followers from all over the world, including compliments from young men, and the 73-year-old grandmother loved this attention.


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I made it! Here I am in the sunny Bahamas and I was proud to show my daughter/coach that I had my meals packed for the trip. Carrots and ground, herbed chicken. Simple but delicious. 🤩 Of course she pulled up my macros and saw that I hadn’t entered my meals for the day yet (I can’t be too perfect now!). 😜😜 So the first thing she had me do was plan out my meals for the day. It honestly just never ends. I think there must be a part of us that kind of likes some guidance, and wants someone looking out over us. I’ve been doing this for almost two years now. I’m still practicing and I’m still learning. 🤗 A lot of you are asking about how to get started. I’m afraid I don’t know much about it other than it’s important to keep your meals balanced, eat some high quality protein with every meal, eat your vegetables, be careful with fats, and try to keep starches in the meals close to your workouts. 👵🏼👵🏼👵🏼 I use an app called @my.macros to plan out my meals according to a diet my daughter gives me, but to be honest I make quite a few mistakes. What helps the most is that I keep trying to get better, I never give up, and I’m really enjoying the results! 👩🏼‍🍳 . Thanks for all of the wonderful messages and comments. I am doing my best to get back to every one of you. I’m so happy that my journey has helped many of you take charge of your health! Let’s all keep helping and supporting each other ! 💕💕

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Joan from Ontario, Canada, has been exercising at the gym four times a week and has completely changed what she eats throughout the day.

In just a year, she now weighs 63kg and is happier than ever.

Compliments from young men

"It changed the way I feel about myself. People at my gym come up to me and compliment me on the change they see in me", Joan said.

"I feel much better about myself and accept myself and the compliments I receive from young men and women certainly add to my self-confidence. My husband has begun to say how good I look, and my family is so proud of my effort".


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I can see how my poor shoulders are lopsided. 😅 Michelle says I need to stop carrying heavy bags 💼 in my arms. Does anyone else have a bossy daughter that’s always correcting them? 😅 I think I created my nemesis 🤣🤣 . Here are my lay pull downs fro# yesterday’s session. Michelle has made my workouts shorter this month to help me recover better as I’ve been really sore lately. Im doing 40 minutes sessions, 5 exercises per session, really just trying to maintain my muscle. 🤗 . Grandmas got back! 🎊😛 . #silverhair #dfynefitnessmag #fitnessmotivation #inspo #aginggracefully

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Joan says that her journey, which is documented in her Instagram account, was not easy.

More than 100,000 followers

"At first, it was strange for me because everything was online, and I had to buy an iPhone and learn what apps were. I was crying all the time, and I was ready to give up, but fortunately, I was very stubborn.." she said.

"I was on a special diet where I ate a certain amount of calories: protein, carbohydrates and good fats and as my weight dropped, so did my food intake".

Joan now has more than 100,000 followers who are inspired daily by her incredible journey.


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When your daughter insists you learn the “booty-pop”. 😳 . Listen, I’m just a grandma trying to stay alive over here! 👵👵 . Are you sure about this?? 🤣🤣 . . @forever21 outfit! . . #aginggracefully #grandma #fitspiration #aging #posing #girlswithmuscle #strong #fitspo #fitspiration #silverhair

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Joan’s health has improved, and she no longer has to take medications.

She can lift 88 kg, which is a little less than how she weighed when she started the process.


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Thank you @gordweber for the lovely memory of me with my daughter @yourhealthyhedonista . I never in a million years could have dreamt up this chapter of my life. It just goes to show you that life is, indeed, a box of chocolates, as the great Forrest Gump once said. You just never know what you’re about to bite into. I’m grateful, and I am praying for the courage and grit to keep on going, to keep dreaming, and keep acting out my dreams for a better quality of living. Have a wonderful day everybody. You. Are. Worth it! 💕💕 . With love, Joan xo

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Joan said she had tried other weight loss programs in the past, but she had always regained her weight back after them.

"People are flattered and surprised that I've been able to stay lean for so long and I'm still changing; I have more muscle mass now than when I started losing weight", she said.


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Flashback Friday! 😱😱😱 I just can’t remember being this big! 😳😳. How did I even manage to walk around with that extra 60 lbs on my back for so long? What was it like to not be able to move around quickly? To not be able to bend my knees properly? To huff and puff going up and down stairs? What was it like to be in this body? To see my face like that? 😢 What was it like? . If you know of anyone suffering from being overweight, give them hope. No matter how old we are or how stubborn and set in our ways we are, we CAN CHANGE! 💗💗💗💗 . Encourage. Support. Protect! . #transformation #fitspo #fitspiration #inspo #fitover70 #aginggracefully #aging

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Joan is a living proof that anything is possible with effort and willpower. Age is not an excuse for unhealthy life and unformed body. This woman is a great inspiration!

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